Bollwerk wrote:I've been reading Liberty and Tyranny, but I'm only on chapter 4. However, I did take issue with some of Mark's thoughts in chapter 3 regarding faith, etc.
I'm paraphrasing from memory, so please correct me if I'm inaccurate here. Mark seems to think that being an atheist or secularist is at odds with being a conservative as well as being at odds with the Declaration.
I wonder if this is just a problem with using the term "conservative" too broadly. I tend to dislike labeling people as liberal or conservative as those labels tend to overshadow the complex mixture of beliefs and views each unique person has. When people self-describe as one or the other, I wonder if they mean based on fiscal views, social or something else.
Although I'm registered as Independent, I identify mostly as a Libertarian. (i.e. fiscally conservative, but socially liberal) As you can probably guess, I'm also an atheist.
.As an atheist and conservative, I do not personally see any conflict. However, I agree with you that the first chapters of Mark's book argue against that
An individual may benefit from the moral order and unalienable rights around which society functions while rejecting their Divine origin.
I am a real Christian, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus, very different from the Platonists, who call me infidel and themselves Christians…
In conclusion I ask. What encourages the atheist to care about any of this? Why should he? What is good and evil to the atheist? This makes me wonder why they bother putting the Darwin fish on their cars. what is it to them that I believe in God? To me it is the fragrance of life, to them it is death. Are they on a crusade to keep me out of heaven. I thought they did not believe in heaven? Why does Bill Mahr care?
This is an interesting question. Why do atheists spend the enormous effort, the time and the money, and the painful emotional outbursts to destroy our faith?
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